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AP Top Business News At 9:41 a.m. EDT

US stocks buoyed after Fed continues low rates
NEW YORK (AP) -- U.S. stocks are opening higher a day after the Federal Reserve made clear it would keep interest rates at record lows for a while....

Applications for US jobless benefits fall sharply
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The number of people applying for U.S. unemployment benefits dropped by a sharp 36,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 280,000, a sign that the job market is strengthening....

US home construction drops 14.4 percent in August
WASHINGTON (AP) -- U.S. home construction plunged in August, led by steep decline in the volatile apartment category. Single-family house construction fell by a modest amount....

APNewsBreak: Chevron meets shale drilling rules
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh-based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday....

PepsiCo latest sponsor to voice NFL concern
NEW YORK (AP) -- The war of words is heating up for the NFL, with PepsiCo Inc. CEO Indra Nooyi the latest major Super Bowl advertiser to make a pointed statement about the league....

Alibaba symbol of China's new tech giants
BEIJING (AP) -- Alibaba Group's U.S. stock offering is a wakeup call about an emerging wave of technology giants in China's state-dominated economy....

Scots decide whether to declare independence
EDINBURGH, Scotland (AP) -- Scots held the fate of the United Kingdom in their hands Thursday as they voted in a referendum on becoming an independent state, deciding whether to unravel a marriage with England that built an empire but has increasingly been felt by many Scots as stifling and one-sided....

Fed keeps rates low, but brace for the inevitable
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Record-low interest rates will be around for at least a few more months, the Federal Reserve made clear Wednesday....

Yellen says US families need to boost savings
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Great Recession showed that a large number of American families are "extraordinarily vulnerable" to financial setbacks because they have few assets to fall back on, Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Thursday...

Weak uptake for new eurozone stimulus program
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- The European Central Bank has launched a new stimulus program aimed at getting banks to lend more - but low demand for the first round of its super-cheap loans suggests the difficulty the ECB faces in reviving the economy....

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